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SETESOL 2017 Pre-Conference Institute


Wednesday, October 4


Choose either the full day PK-12 Dream Day -OR- morning and/or afternoon adult learning workshops


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PK-12 Dream Day

Workshops for Teaching Adult Learners


FULL DAY: PK-12 Dream Day

8:00 am - 8:45 am      Opening Keynote: Amy Hewett-Olatunde (Teacher of the Year, USA)

9:00 am - 10:15 am    Session 1*

10:30 am - 11:45 am  Session 2*

11:45 am - 12:45 pm  Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm      Session 3*

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm      Session 4*

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm      Closing session: Stephen Krashen

*Select from among the following strands: Newcomer Programs, Early Childhood, Advocacy and Culture, Content Instruction, and Student Support




HALF DAY: Morning Workshops

8:00 am - 8:45 am       KEYNOTE: Amy Hewett-Olatunde (MN Teacher of the Year 2015-16)

How Classroom Practice Can Be Transformational if Constructivism, Culturally-Relevant Pedagogy and Community Building Are Key Components (Wynfrey Ballroom)

With each learner comes a unique and dynamic narrative that helps us rethink how to map out our lessons and connect the learner's experience to the curriculum. WIth all this working together, there is an increase in self-advocacy skills, membership in the class community, and scholarship. If we step back and look through our learners' eyes, how do we envision a place where we can learn, engage, and be our own true selves?

9:00 am - 11:45 am    Choose Workshop A, B, or C

Workshop A - The Mysteries of Intuitive Teaching Revealed (Room: Cornwall)

by Monte Erwin, Bryan Lowry, Natalie A. Twelkemeier (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

We have all seen teaching that just seems natural and effortless.  This may be the result of years of experience or an in-born intuition that shines in certain aspects of classroom instruction.  Whatever the reason for the effortless instruction, the essential teaching skills that underpin and inform intuitive teaching can be learned.  This workshop will focus on these skills in the areas of classroom and student management.  Participants in this workshop will learn: How to use the board, Error correction, Grouping strategies, Lesson staging and expansion, How to deal with disruptive student behavior, and How to motivate adult learners.


Workshop B - Teaching Productive Skills—Speaking and Writing (Room: Avon)

by Dana Cox, Monica Cantwell, Susan Blazer (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Effective speaking and writing classes involve providing a lot of purposeful practice and targeted feedback.  From creative models for grouping and interactive practice to methods for meaningful feedback, experienced teachers will explore ideas for excellence in speaking and writing instruction in this workshop, designed to give you tools and ideas to take back to the classroom.  Participants will benefit from very experienced teachers giving their practical and easily applicable ideas.


Workshop C - Our Students as Cross-Cultural Learners (Room: Devon)

by Ariel Gil, Ph.D. (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

As teachers of multi-lingual and multi-cultural classrooms, it is essential to learn or remind ourselves of the process of acculturation faced by our students.  How do adults form new cultural identities?  What is the connection between culture and language?  How can we support our students’ acculturation process in the language classroom?  What are the various aspects of culture that we can use to discuss and analyze cultural differences?  What are the essential aspects of American culture generally and academic American culture specifically that we should focus on for our students?  These questions will be the focus of this workshop.


11:45 am - 12:45 pm  Lunch (provided) - Wyndsor 1 & 2 and Ivory's (Lobby Level)


HALF DAY: Afternoon Workshops

11:45 am - 12:45 pm  Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm - 3:45 pm      Choose Workshop D, E, or F

Workshop D - Immigrants and Communities: Promoting Advocacy and Cultural Responsiveness (Room: Cornwall)

by Christel Broady, Ph.D.  (Georgetown College, Kentucky)

In this workshop, attendees will learn about concepts of cultural responsiveness and community action. They will discuss some challenges educators face in 2017. Attendees will also be introduced to a model of community action. To develop advocacy skills, participants will engage in hands-on activities to analyze their organizations' situation. Last, they will develop a custom-tailored action plan that can be shared with their organizations and can be used as professional development or staff training. Participants should bring their digital devices (laptops, tablets, etc.) to the session to be able to take notes and to collaborate with others digitally. Further, they will have the opportunity to download resources during the workshop.


Workshop E - Teaching Receptive Skills—Listening and Reading (Room: Avon)

by Kathy Martell, Anna Skees, Rachel Scott (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

How do you actively teach listening or reading other than just telling students to go practice?  What skills and strategies can you explicitly present in order to help students improve their receptive competence in English?  How do you plan an effective listening or reading skills lesson?  These questions and more will be examined in this workshop for how to teach the often overlooked and misunderstood skills of listening and reading.  Get ready for a very hands-on, practical approach led by experienced ESL teachers.


Workshop F - Promoting Pronunciation Pedagogy through Perception, Practice, and Prediction (Room: Devon)

by Suzanne Franks, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Successful pronunciation teaching entails much more than just having students listen and repeat. To help students improve their pronunciation, instructors should help them to perceive new sound patterns by using awareness raising tasks, to practice new sound patterns by using pedagogical activities along the communicative continuum, and to predict new sound patterns by applying phonological rules. In this workshop, attendees learn a variety of these pedgagogical techniques for teaching English pronunciation. They gain foundational knowledge of how to address common pronunciation challenges and design pronunciation mini-lessons to meet the needs of diverse students. Workshop attendees also particpate in several hands-on demonstrations and receive a packet of sample activities. By using pronunciation techniques such as the ones in this workshop, attendees will be able to guide their students in perceiving, practicing, and predicting new sound patterns and, by doing so, become more intelligible when speaking English.


4:00 pm - 4:45 pm      KEYNOTE: Stephen Krashen (Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California)                                     

Compelling Reading and Problem-Solving: The Route to High Levels of Language, Literacy and Life Competence (Wynfrey Ballrom)


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